Thursday, April 22, 2010
Food oh glorious food! Isn't it wonderful to know that when you are losing weight you must actually eat tasty, colorful foods? And lots of it! Hard work but I am glad to sit down each meal and enjoy my rainbow colored foods. My goal lately has been to add a few different colors to our table. These colors are supposed to be real, not anything processed to make the color pronounced. It has been working great and my husband (who is trying to gain weight) has mentioned that he is feeling more energy and loves opening his bento full of colors at work. It's uplifting! With fruits and veggies you can make it happen! Since it's Earth Day today, why not try it out too!
Breakfast: Again, yesterday I had the same meal - yes, I'm in a rut! But, I did get up early and provide my husband with a warm meal. It was Scrambled Tortillas. This recipe was from Vegan Brunch. For some reason it didn't look good to me (maybe because I'm addicted to sprouted bread lately) but I sent it packing with the husband. We were running late so we didn't have our normal breakfast at home together. Some days that just happens doesn't it. ^_^ Hubster said it was wonderful however he really wanted to have more sauce since it gave the dish some taste. It was similar to a sort of creamy tofu with tortilla sauce on it. It was a wonderful smell the whole morning at least. Doesn't look the best in a bento but taste is more important right?
Lunch: Leftovers from last night
Dinner: Since it was sunny outside, I decided that we were going to have some lovely vegan "salads". I really don't like to say the word salad because every-time I think of the term, it reminds me of a lettuce salad. Not sure why... So, we had Mediterranean Lima Bean with Tomatoes, Olives and Tofu (from Vegan Planet); Five Spice Moroccan Couscous Salad (sweet taste) (Vegan Dad online); and finally some leftover Quinoa Tabbouleh from the other day. We laid out our picnic blanket outside our front door and had a lovely time nibbling on the salads and eating freshly cut strawberries, pineapple and cantaloupe. Yum! Sometimes it is just nice to mix things up a little and have a picnic outdoors. I have to admit I forgot to take a photo of all the salads and the picnic - sorry. Here's the Lima bean salad.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sorry for my absence yesterday, there was Sunshine!!! It finally crept closer to 70F/21.1C yesterday!!! So, I did all my housework and work early in the morning so that I could spend some much needed time out in the sun! I had two glorious hours alone outdoors (well, with one furry baby) just reading and listening to music while sunbathing! It was so pleasant and definitely an uplifting experience. There is nothing like a good day of sunshine while relaxing to get you pumped up and ready to get out there again. When the hubster got home, we went for a slow but steady 5K run. We have been running 10K but we decided that we would just enjoy our run and relax while taking in the vitamin E.
Lately running problems... Before we received our shoe parcels, I had started to get a few pains here and there. Mostly I had some pain in my hips... I have a slight irritating pain in my hip area (it switches legs) the day after I run. It is the strangest thing since I have never had any issue with my hips but lately it just started happening. We have consistently been running about 5 days a week and now I'm walking with one of my furry babies twice a day. So, there isn't that much of a change - besides an extra few miles a week. After some research, I think I am running with too long of strides and creating a slight pain that shouldn't be creeping in. So, I am hoping right now that my pains will go away after I have these new shoes and pay more attention to my strides. Anyone else have this issue?
In addition for the last two days I have found that I have had stomach pains while running. Not sure why I am having these pains but I really hope to cure them. At first I thought that it was because we have been taking a a moderate tempo in running and talking at the same time. Yesterday though I kept more quiet and we went a moderate tempo again. Still, the pain in my stomach crept in again. It is almost like my diaphragm is yelling at me or something for breathing incorrectly however I am trying to pay close attention with no alleviation of the issue. Then I had some pain in my lower stomach also yesterday. Maybe drinking too much water in the daytime or something else? I'm looking for some good stretches to hopefully alleviate these pains. Know of any good ones or suggestions?
Day three of running with our new Saucony running shoes and loving them! The breathing holes are amazing - you can actually feel a slight breeze come in the sides when running - it cools off the shoes! Previously I was a Nike girl however I am addicted to the new brand shoes. They are not only more supportive but just fit into the life of a running instead of a tennis player. I personally think the shoe has to fit your foot and your fashion style to make it best for you though.
Oh, someone asked, Saucony runs about the same size for all shoes for woman but one size smaller for men. Don't know why, just what we found out. I wear a 6.5 in most shoes and purchased a 6.5 saucony shoe. Husband purchased 9 when he usually wears an 8. Hopefully that answers your question. ^_^
Thanks for the photo: www.iowaavenue.com/photo/photo/show?
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Yesterday I was able to convince myself to take my measurements once again. Since I haven't seen any changes in about two months, I have not gotten myself to go ahead and go through the pain of seeing no changes in numbers. haha Daily I measure myself to assure that I am I'm not going crazy with pounds but as far as doing some measurements, I'm always afraid to do them. I guess there is always a ray of hope that when I once again start measuring I'm going to see a drastic change. haha It's the child instead of me - or the ostrich - not sure which... Anyone else have this problem?
Here is what I ate yesterday (minus a photo of the dark chocolate with orange slices inside it):
Breakfast: Normal rut as of the moment. This is actually less than 300 calories since I use very small amount of soy butter and vegemite. In addition I have a normal daily vitamin of B12 and a multivitamin. Photo containes coffee, sprouted bread, vegemite, soy butter, freshly cut pineapple and strawberries. yummmmmmmm
Lunch: This was a different meal because I was still slightly full from breakfast. My intentions were to have a nice broccoli salad also from last night's dinner however I was just too full after all the carbs in my lunch. This contains the leftover soup from last night.
Dinner: The sunshine was shining and that means in our household that we are not allowed back indoors until it goes down. Not seriously but sometimes it seems so. I prepared all the ingredients for the seitan skewers (red and yellow pepper, red onion, and seitan) and Quinoa Tabbouleh. Of course there was strawberries and pineapple also.
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